If there is anyone still around I have a strange question. We bought
50 pounds of tiny red potatoes back in October and they were great.
Now we are finding that they taste "sweet" for lack of a better term.
What could cause this? They are not growing, they are not soft, they
appear like they did back in October but they taste funny. In mashed
we have checked the milk, used filtered water to boil, really tried to
keep the variables the same. I hate to throw the last 15 pounds away
but they just aren't good. Besides I don't want this to happen again.
I haven't had this experience and I haven't done any research so this is
just a guess, take it for what it's worth. The taters are still alive and
metabolising. The carbohydrate metabolism of many plants converts sugars
into starches and vice versa depending on requirements. My guess is that
your spuds are mobilising starch and converting to sugar preparatory to
producing shoots. Why don't all of them do this in a way that is
Whatever the reason for it I cannot imagine there is anything harmful about
it unless there is also solanine developing. Take the usual precautions.
Wow, that didn't take long. It is all over that refrigerating potatoes
will convert the starch to sugar. Who Knew? Thank you everyone for
your time and answers. I still find it more fun to talk to you all
than to just do a search.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all the Best for any other
Holidays you enjoy
Looking forward to those seed catalogs ......... soon I hope
Just didn't like the taste at all. They were cut and boiled and still
not good tasting to us. I is just nice to know that we are not crazy
and potatoes can and or will do this.
Thanks everyone for the insight
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